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By Linda Muller
Fairy Raine knows that "warm, tickly feeling
that you get in your tummy" when the
birthday fairy visits. She knows how to
make magic wands and fairy tiaras. She knows
the tooth fairy, the fairy Godmother and the
Fairy Queen. And she knows that when you are
feeling "blue" a fairy which "curls your hair and
tickles your nose" can also calm the soul.
At 460 fairy years, Fairy Raine is a most senior
fairy and has been plying her fairy magic
A childhood believer, a chance meeting with
the Fairy Queen in South Australia was enough to
make her put on her own set of wings. Since then,
she has become something of a Redland fixture,
once selling wings and wands at the Cleveland
markets and holding fairy parties atThe Little Pink
"With fairies, you never know what you might
find. You can click your fingers and stamp your
feet and find yourself in a story or turning into a
princess," she said.
Like any fairy, Fairy Raine is equally well versed
with fairy friends including wizards, mermaids,
pirates and good witches. She can introduce
these characters to children within the safe
confines of her mushroom stool fairy ring.
"I do forget things sometimes. But I never
forget my wings or the way home," she said.
In her other life as a receptionist to an
audiologist, Lorraine is mother to Rebecca, Karly
and Rachel, with Rachel often morphing into Fairy
Lah to help with the busier fairy parties.
"We've grown up with it. My
friends always thought Mum was
cool. It's a different job and
something fun. And now I have a
three year old who thinks it's funny
that Nanny's a fairy," Rachel said.
Fairies of course aren't restricted to children. In
her time, Fairy Raine has held special parties at
retirement facilities, extended face painting to
body painting and is now training to be a JP, then
celebrant with a view to performing wedding
ceremonies. Other times her services are needed
are when children are ready to hand over their
dummies or their bottles of special blankets for
her to take back to the fairy realm.
"It doesn't matter what age you are. If you
believe, how can I say 'no'?" Fairy Raine said.
"Of course, fairies are a lot like prime ministers.
They can't say no to a chance to cuddle babies."
It seems there is no restriction on Fairy Raine
who confesses to a love of many colours and
"Red and green are good if you want to hide in
the forest and I like a splash of gold and silver. I like
happy yellow and royal princess purple. I can't say
which is best. I have good feelings for them all,"
She rubs her tummy as she talks about butterfly
cakes and fairy floss and mulberry pie.
"I know Mavis the Fat Fairy who loves cupcakes.
She loves cupcakes so much she can hardly lift her
wings off the ground any more. But for me, it's
mulberry pie that melts in your mouth," she said.
With or without the garlands and the cupcakes,
the real reward for Fairy Raine is being invited to
spend special time with special people on special
"It's very humbling and very rewarding to
be invited into someone's home and spend
that special time entertaining children. It gives
people a chance to escape to somewhere
special," she said.
SHE'S not that fairy who
sits on your shoulder,
but she knows the ones
Fairy Raine of Fairy Lane
knows a lot about
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Photos: Sally Walker-Brown
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